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John- Abraham had favored Ishmael.

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Submitted by Nuray (Portugal), Jan 17, 2006 at 18:10

Dear John,

Muslims are followers of Abrahamic faith. They recognise previous messengers of God of Abraham like Moses and Jesus. The meaning Islamic state is very clear. It is the state that its law is based on Quran. If you stick to certain definitions you will not get confused.

When you say "followers of Abraham and Moses" you mean basically Jews who are known as descendant of the son of Abraham Isaac. Islam has always been considered by Jews and by Arabs as descendants of Ishmael, the other son of Abraham. Muslims claim that Mecca was built by Abraham and Ismael. Some son descendants of Abraham worship God of Abraham once a week some of them do it five times a day. Is that a big deal? It seems that the descendants of Ishmael give more attention to God of Abraham.

Jews are %0.23 of world population. They didn't care about spreading their religion all over the world. It took almost 300 years to convert pagan Romans to Christianity. They are %33 of world population. Are they really followers of God of Abraham? Open to discussion. Vatican looks like ancient Greek cities. the only difference is Statues of Gods or Goddesses are exchanged with the those of Jesus, V. Mary and Saints. Muslims seem more genuine followers of Abraham.

Muhammed, peace up on him, is the founder of one of the great civilizations, Muslims. Islamic history and culture have valuable place and distinctive mark in mankind history. Existence of Muslims, who are 20% world population, is the big achievement of him.

China is another big civilizations of human history. Under the communist power they are not allowed to worship any God. But human being have tendency to worship any thing. Chinese used to worship Mao, a powerful political figure. Some still do it so. The future of Chine will not be different than USSR. Cheese deserve better than being cheapest worker of the world.

India is not as lucky as China, It was one of the colony British Empire. When Muslims were separated from Hindus and Buddhists ( that is the birth of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) more than 1 million people died. They still hate each other due to border problem. It seems you confuse yourself religion with politics.

Islam is called peace of religion but every nation has right to defend its existence and fight for its independence. When non-Muslims read the Quran which records first Islamic state and holly fights they claim that Islam is not peaceful. Have you ever heard any state or kingdom etc established without a war? What about freedom fighters in human history?

Anyway, Abraham had favored Ishmael. His descendants live on the land gifted with a treasure of black gold in the sand.

Nuray
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